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How to Rescue Your Summer Vacation

Summer hasn’t technically started yet…at least not until the 21st, but summer travel is already underway and many have planned and booked their family vacation. If you haven’t had time to even think about a summer vacation yet and now want to take your family somewhere, all is not lost. There is still a way to rescue your summer and make that family vacation the highlight of your summer break.

1. Use a Travel Agent: Summer is one of the busiest times of the year for people to travel and finding deals on your own may seem almost impossible. With a travel agent at your side, you have a lot more resources at your fingertips. A travel agent considers where you want to go, what you can afford, and when you want to go. They can guide you in the decision making process to make sure your selection is reasonable. A travel agent is the best resource to have for any of your vacation plans, but especially the last-minute summer kind.

2. Make wise decisions: Making wise decisions should be key for every choice out there, but for travel, it is especially helpful when deciding the location. If you are thinking about going to a foreign country, make sure you passport is valid (most countries require that your passport be valid for a 3 months to a year after you return home. Check out travel.state.gov for information on your desired country destination.) and consider if you will need a visa or immunizations. If so, this may determine when you can travel.

3. Be flexible: Many places are likely booked and your first choice may already be taken. If that’s the case, look at what is available and make the most out of what you’ve got. Vacations can be adventurous and it just might be your best one yet. Try different destinations, accommodations, or tours than you would otherwise choose. Who knows, you may just find something unique that you will want to carry on to future vacations.

4. Weigh your budget: Know how much you can spend and be realistic about where that money can take you. If you aren’t sure where that is, see advice number 1.

5. Prioritize your time: Good deals in the summer get snatched up quickly, especially because it’s prime travel time. So when one comes your way, be ready to leave when a deal is available.

For more information, check out this info graphic from statefarm.com to help you plan a last-minute vacation!

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